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Cowgirls earn postseason WNIT bid

Mar 14, 2017 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- The Cowgirls basketball team received an invitation to the 2017 Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday. Wyoming will host the Seattle Redhawks, on Thursday in a WNIT first-round game at 6:30 p.m.

"We're excited to continue postseason play in the WNIT," head coachJoe Legerski said. "To be able to host a game speaks volumes of our administration and our fan base."

The Cowgirls capped off the year with a 21-9 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the MW to place second in the league. The 13 victories were the most conference wins in program history and it was the eighth time under head coach Joe Legerski with 20-plus wins in a season.

Three members of the team were recently recognized as the Mountain West announced the 2017 all-conference team, while Legerski was selected the 2017 coach of the year by his peers. Junior Liv Roberts was named to the all-Mountain West and all-defensive teams for the first time in her career, while sophomore Marta Gomez was selected as the sixth player of the year. Freshman Taylor Rusk earned a spot on the league's all-freshman team.

This year's WNIT appearance by the Cowgirls marks the seventh postseason tournament berth in Legerski's 14 seasons at Wyoming.

UW will be playing in the WNIT for the sixth time during Legerski's tenure and the first since 2013, when Wyoming dropped a 71-63 contest against Northern Colorado.

Prior to that, the team advanced to the second round in 2006, won the 2007 WNIT title and moved in to the third round in 2010 and 2011. Wyoming also earned the schools' first-ever bid to the NCAA women's tournament in 2008.

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